The UPA Government is all set to launch its ambitious scheme to woo youth ahead of the Lok Saha elections.
The Union Cabinet on Thursday is likely to clear `4,500-crore mega-sports training scheme -- Rajiv Khel Abhiyan -- which aims at creating sports infrastructure, including stadiums, appointing coaches in 6,500 blocks spread over 634 districts in the country.
As Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s election campaign is centred around projecting himself as the youth leader, efforts are on to bring him to launch the programme at Jawharlal Nehru Stadium Delhi on February 12 along with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. As the election model code of conduct is likely to kick start in March, the Centre is likely to unveil and announce almost all the stuck-up projects and schemes. The Centre will also officially launch its national youth policy, cleared by the Cabinet, early this month.
Under the scheme, a stadium will be built at block level, sports kits and coach will be appointed at these centres. Boys between the age group of 6-12 years and girls between 6-25 years would get training in different discipline.
The scheme would also be spread in Naxal-affected areas to wean away youth from the violence, sources said.
According to the draft plan, the Sports Ministry would provide `15 lakh for creating sports infrastructure and provide monthly stipend of `3,500 for coaches. Similarly, the national youth policy passed by the Cabinet on January 9 aimed at catering to the needs of all youth in the age-group of 15-29 years, which constitutes 27.5 per cent of the population, according to Census-2011, that is about 33 crore persons.
The new youth policy replaces the earlier policy started during the NDA regime in 2003. Under the new policy, five well-defined objectives and 11 priority areas have been identified.
The priority areas include education, skill development and employment, entrepreneurship, health and healthy lifestyle, sports, promotion of social values, community engagement, participation in politics and governance, youth engagement, inclusion and social justice. The policy then suggests policy interventions required to achieve greater results in these key priority areas.